- 1A very unusual and unexpected event or situation: the teacher says the accident was a total freak [as modifier]: a freak stormMore example sentences
fluke, anomaly, aberration, rogue, rarity, quirk, oddity, unusual occurrence, peculiar turn of events, twist of fate; chance, coincidence, hazard, accident, mistakeunusual, anomalous, atypical, untypical, unrepresentative, abnormal, aberrant, irregular, fluky, exceptional, unparalleled, unaccountable, bizarre, queer, peculiar, odd, freakish; unpredictable, unforeseeable, unexpected, unanticipated, surprise, surprising; rare, singular, isolated
- The Aral Sea and the tragic plight of its people is not a freak isolated event, but a crisis that's just slightly ahead of its time.
- Droughts, heat waves, floods, storms and freak weather events have already killed countless thousands of people worldwide and affected thousands more.
- Now these recent weather conditions are by no means a freak event, and if salmon farms cannot prevent their fish escaping into the wild then the licence to farm should be withdrawn.
- 2 (also freak of nature) A person, animal, or plant with an unusual physical abnormality: a few freaks have been discovered, one amazing cat tipping the scales at no less than 43 lbs [as modifier]: a freak red cabbage with side shoots coming from the leavesMore example sentences
- He was foaled in Indiana, was a mere freak of nature, and withal a very curious looking animal.
- Abi, being a freak of nature, still has sensation even after doses of epidural that would fell a rhinoceros.
- A freak of nature, tests had shown he was immune to the TB virus - probably because not even a starving rat would bite him - and he went through adolescence with upper right arm intact.
- 2.1 • informal A person regarded as strange because of their unusual appearance or behaviour: her books offer us the independent girl as something of a freakMore example sentences
oddity, eccentric, eccentric person, peculiar person, strange person, unorthodox person, individualist, free spirit, maverick, misfit; crank, lunaticBritish • informal odd bod• informal , • dated case
- Living and working in London you become accustomed to freaks, weirdos and nutters wandering about doing their own thing and occasionally dragging normal people into random conversations.
- Instead, the documentary comes off as a portrait of a freak with some strange obsessions he's been able to make into a university career.
- They say it takes all types to make up the world… but if you ask me, there are some strange freaks that we could do without.
- 3 [with modifier] • informal A person who is obsessed with a particular activity or interest: a fitness freakMore example sentences
- It transpires that cross-country skiing is an earnest activity for fitness freaks, something joggers can do in the snow.
- Set to address the needs and demands of the fitness freaks, the aesthetically designed and well equipped gym boasts of the best facilities in the City.
- This is all very well if you are a dedicated fitness freak or yoga girl, but for the majority of us this look simply doesn't work.
- 3.1 [usually with modifier] A person addicted to a particular drug: the twins were cocaine freaksMore example sentences
- We weren't these cocaine freaks who partied all the time; that wasn't what our relationship was all about.
- So, even if you weren't an LSD freak, you had to be careful about the sensitivity of the LSD freak next to you.
- Now, maybe it's me, but the only people I know who would take that risk are meth freaks or SAS / Delta troopers.
- 4 • archaic A sudden arbitrary change of mind; a whim: follow this way or that, as the freak takes youMore example sentences
- Webster's perennial dictionary defines fad as a hobby, freak, or a whim.
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- 1 • informal Behave or cause to behave in a wild and irrational way, typically because of the effects of extreme emotion or drugs: [no object]: he freaked out and smashed the place up [with object]: what he’d said had really freaked her outMore example sentences
go crazy, go mad, go out of one's mind, go to pieces, crack, snap, lose control, lose one's self-control, lose control of the situation, act wildly; panic, get worked up, get hystericalBritish • informal go crackers, throw a wobblyNorth American • informal blow one's stack
- And I suspect perhaps there are many idiots out there who enjoy seeing innocent people like me get freaked out on a plane trip.
- Initially, I agreed and everything was going great until she freaked out on me and started telling me that she was still in love with me.
- I've freaked out on everyone in every band on every tour I've been in.
mid 16th century (in sense 4 of the noun): probably from a dialect word.